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    HURRY to belly up to the bar with your 3 year old

    Closing time might be fast approaching for children who long have been allowed to drink alcohol in Wisconsin's bars and restaurants.

    Right now it's legal in the Badger State for kids to drink alcoholic beverages in such venues, as long as mom or dad, a guardian or spouse older than 21 is with them and approves, as does the bartender.

    But State Sen. Judy Robson says the state's two-fisted drinking reputation has led to drunken driving deaths and affected children's health. So she and other lawmakers have offered bills that would make 18 the minimum age for drinking in a bar or restaurant while accompanied by a parent. The legal drinking age would remain 21.

    The bills could be voted on in committee as early as next month, but there is no indication when they could come up for final passage.

    "For years we've had this culture of drinking in Wisconsin," Robson said. "It's just a very confusing message to kids, that they're not allowed to drink, but in some cases they can."

    Robson said her research showed that of the 14 states with similar drinking-age loopholes, Wisconsin's laws are the most lax.

    In Illinois, those younger than 21 can't legally drink. Period.

    Officials with Mothers Against Drunk Driving said the bill was a "step in the right direction" but won't do much to reduce underage drinking.

    Said Frank Harris, the organization's state policy specialist: "To really reform the way Wisconsin handles drunk driving ... [the drinking age] should be 21, no exceptions."

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    RE: HURRY to belly up to the bar with your 3 year old

    I can't remember the last time I saw a youngster drinking in a bar with a mom & dad. Probably since I was that 14 year old having one with pop. And that was a loooonnnnng time ago! Things have changed without needing to rewrite the law.

    What a waste of time. Perhaps if these politicians would work on matters that really could make a difference, this state would actually attract some companies, instead of chasing them away!

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    To give alcohol to a kid is wrong. The age should be 18 & not 21.
    At 18 you can go off to war &may not come home standing up. This is what I believe. I support P.E.T.A. People Eating Tasty Animals :+

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    What a worthless waste of time. This has nothing to do with drunk driving as the children wont be driving home anyway. No amount of regulation is going to curb drunk driving. It is always going to happen. Take a look at Utah, we have the most ridiculous liquor laws out there and people still drink and drive. Why would you want to ruin Wisconsin culture?


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    Such a waste of time and taxpayer money. this has never been a problem, has never caused a problem and yet we have elected officials pushing this as if it was the next crisis. With all the problems we have today they focus on this stuff? remember this come voting time.

    another bill brought forth yesterday from a democrat in SE Wisc... its a bill to ban bartenders from drinking on the job. Again, never has been a problem. never will be a problem. but just more gov't intrusion into private business owners and more rules.

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    At almost 49 it was a long time ago I did not dare go into Pitlick's or Novak's without my ID, back then the drinking age in Wisconsin was 18 and at home of the time Califoria was 21.My cousin had a keg in his fridge and I could go over and have a beer any time I wanted before I was 18.

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    funny thing is, I went on a bass tourney in mid may and all the dad's were at the local watering hole w/ the kids until 2 am. BUT, the kids were stealing us blind to play that Trophy Hunter and some racing video game. And they also learned how to play pool. the kids had a ball. dads had a ball. Also, in Irish culture, the pub was the place to go to socialize. In over 11 years of law enforcement, I have NEVER seen anyone in a tavern drinking w/ their kid. At 18, yes, there have been kids out w/ parents and over 21 year old spouses out w/ their 20 year old spouses, and have never had a problem. I have eard the "I was drinking w/ my parents tonite" and the parents were at home, which is where the kid should have been, but NEVER a 16 year old out drinking w/ his parents. I do believe most adult frown upon the under 18 drinking w/ their parents.

    Someone needs to find something else to do.

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    RE: HURRY to belly up to the bar with your 3 year old

    Right now it is legal, in WI, for a father to order a gin martini up for his 3 year son, at a bar. Is that right?? I think not. Just let the law pass. If you think it is alright for a 3 year old to be drinking a gin martini up with his dad, in a bar, you should......

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    RE: HURRY to belly up to the bar with your 3 year old

    >Right now it is legal, in WI, for a father to order a gin
    >martini up for his 3 year son, at a bar. Is that right?? I
    >think not. Just let the law pass. If you think it is
    >alright for a 3 year old to be drinking a gin martini up
    >with his dad, in a bar, you should......

    ...order him a Leinie to wash it down.


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    RE: HURRY to belly up to the bar with your 3 year old

    >Right now it is legal, in WI, for a father to order a gin
    >martini up for his 3 year son, at a bar. Is that right?? I
    >think not. Just let the law pass. If you think it is
    >alright for a 3 year old to be drinking a gin martini up
    >with his dad, in a bar, you should......

    ...get him a pickeled egg to go with it?

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